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Aloe suprafoliata

Aloe suprafoliata can be confused with Aloe pretoriensis when not in flower. Aloe suprafoliata when in flower can easily be identified by its racemes that have a silvery sheen, rounded flower bracts and simple inflorescence.

Aloe suprafoliata got its name from the way the leaves of juvenile plants are arranged, one on top of the other in ranks of two.

Common Names: Boekaalwyn (Book Aloe)
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Aloe suprafoliata can be found in Mpumalanga, northen KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland. In habitat Aloe suprafoliata ca be found on rocky slopes and it is exposed to low tempertures and mist.
Description of Aloe suprafoliata:
Stem: Solitary rosettes forms on stems that are not visible.
Leaves: In juvenile plants two-ranked and the spiral arrangement only appears fter a few years of growth. Leaves are bluish-green in colour, leaf-margins are armed with sharp brown teeth. Leaf tips are often red in colour especially in hot dry weather.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence: Up to three simple inflorescences are borne from the plant simultaneously. Racemes are long and narrow and appear to have a silvery sheen.
Flower: Flowers are pinkish-red in colour, cylindrical in shape.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs from May to July.
Cultivation of Aloe suprafoliata:
Light: Full sun.
Watering: Careful watering.
Frost Protection: Required, but tolerant.
Notes: Easy to cultivate species.
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